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Military: Liberation of Klishchiivka creates foundation for further offensives

by The Kyiv Independent news desk September 18, 2023 12:18 AM 2 min read
Ukrainian soldiers hold national and unit flags in front of a church in the village of Klishchiivka, Donetsk Oblast, in a photo posted on Sept. 17, 2023, when the village was claimed to have been liberated by Ukrainian forces. (Andriy Yermak/Telegram)
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With the liberation of Klishchiivka in Donetsk Oblast, Ukrainian forces have created a bridgehead for further counteroffensive operations in the area, Ukrainian military spokesperson Illia Yevlash said on Sept. 17.

According to Yevlash, as a result of the liberation of Klishchiivka, Russian forces will lose control over the southern flank of Bakhmut, allowing the Ukrainian military to advance deeper and conduct “more accurate and deeper strikes, using various artillery systems, drones, and available weapons.”

Currently, the main task ahead of Ukrainian forces, he said, is to take control of the logistical routes, especially railway, by which the Russians deliver the necessary ammunition to the occupied city of Bakhmut.

“The railway is very important for Russians. Everything further than 60 kilometers is very difficult to provide by the logistics of the occupying army,”  Yevlash said.

"At the moment, intense and fierce battles are taking place in this direction. We are fighting for every meter of our land.”

Klishchiivka, which had a population of around 500 before the full-scale invasion and located just five kilometers south of Russian-occupied Bakhmut, was occupied in January by Russian forces.

The successful recapture of the village was first announced on Facebook on Sept.17 by the Liut ("Anger") Brigade, formed by the Ukrainian police and under command of the National Guard.

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